The problem with this list is that it should be titled top products released by a record printing corperation, not 500 best albums of all time. I have a problem when they list things like "The Greatest Hits..." or "Anthology". Some of these albums were not only released but created and produced after the artist died.
263. The Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles
53. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959, Ray Charles
So we have two compilations of the other guy from Greenville, FL, Ray Charles.
Then you have things like this: 142. Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift for You, Various Artists I guess if you're the type of person that would buy this one, you'ld probably think it was one of the best.
When I see this 179. The Anthology 1961 - 1977, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
and not Curtis Mayfield "There's No Place Like America Today" (which I hold in extreme high regard), it just emphasises my point.
So, If you have a list like this, based on corperate releases, it should be based on sales figures. It would probably be a better list. This was probably a list of salesmen, shop managers and critics (and a few musicians), collect all the data and blindly release the list.
No independents, no foriegn names we can't pronounce, an extremely small list of jazz, and NO classical.
If there was any real thought to this, we would see
193. Life On Some Strings, Sleutelbos
4. Violet Softshoeshufldavis, Violet Softshoeshufldavis
and "maybe" some Oenyaw.
and, finally, at the BOTTOM!?!?!?!?
486. Maggot Brain, Funkadelic
491. All the Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople
495. New Day Rising, Husker Du
496. Destroyer, Kiss